• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 10.0 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 105.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.33 inch 28.2mm2
  • 14.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 480.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon SD4000 IS advantages over Panasonic ZS20

  • Slower slow-motion
    240 fps vs 220 fps
    Supports slower slow-mo
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.69 vs 1.42 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Larger lens aperture
    f/2.0 vs f/3.3
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject

Panasonic ZS20 advantages over Canon SD4000 IS

  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • More telephoto lens reach
    480 mm vs 105 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • More dots on screen
    460k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Less shutter lag
    0.26 vs 0.62 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More pixels
    14.1 vs 10.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Wider angle lens
    24 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 15 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 3.7 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Manual focus
    Neither provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Very long zoom lens; Full HD video; Great grip; Built-in GPS; HDR and Handheld Night Shot modes.

  • Poor image quality due to excessive noise suppression; Flash too close to the grip; No GPS logging; Battery only charges in the camera; Limited touchscreen.

The Competition

Compared to Panasonic DMC-FX75

Canon SD4000 IS
Panasonic DMC-FX75
  • $288
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • $210
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
Panasonic ZS20
Panasonic DMC-FX75
  • $162
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $210
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Larger lens aperture
  • Fast startup

Compared to Canon ELPH 500 HS

Canon SD4000 IS
Canon ELPH 500 HS
  • $288
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • $246
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Shoots 24p video
Panasonic ZS20
Canon ELPH 500 HS
  • $162
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $246
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Larger lens aperture

Compared to Samsung WB150F

Canon SD4000 IS
Samsung WB150F
  • $288
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Larger lens aperture
  • $145
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • More telephoto lens reach
Panasonic ZS20
Samsung WB150F
  • $162
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • HDMI out
  • $145
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

Compared to Olympus TG-1

Canon SD4000 IS
Olympus TG-1
  • $288
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lighter weight
  • Longer exposure
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Fast startup
Panasonic ZS20
Olympus TG-1
  • $162
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Larger lens aperture

Compared to Panasonic ZS25

Canon SD4000 IS
Panasonic ZS25
  • $288
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Larger lens aperture
  • $199
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • More telephoto lens reach
Panasonic ZS20
Panasonic ZS25
  • $162
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $199
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
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